The Living Dead Kill it for Burton

May 3, 2010 at 7:58 pm (Corpse Bride) (, , , , , )

“We all know interspecies romance is weird.”

Tim Burton

There was a lot of criticism about Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride and I feel he deserves more credit.  I have heard many complaints that “I just thought it was going to be more like The Nightmare Before Christmas.”  A different film means a different story and a different tone.  We are no longer in Halloweentown where Jack Skellington wants more, we are in the confusing lives of Victor Van Dort and the Corpse Bride. 

The cast was fantastic as always, but the sets and the movements of the puppets are what is being ignored.  If you would watch the behind the scenes features you would see the beauty in the film and the progress that has been made since The Nightmare Before Christmas.  The time it took, the beautiful sets, and the tragic story of the Corpse Bride Emily.  If you take the time to see the film as art you will appreciate Burton’s work. 

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Misunderstood Monsters

April 19, 2010 at 11:31 pm (the Nightmare Before Christmas) (, , , , )

“I found that most monsters were completely misunderstood.  They usually had more sensitive souls than the human characters around them.”

Tim Burton

Tim Burton did not direct The Nightmare Before Christmas though he produce it.  The director Henry Selick does credit Burton with the story concept, character design, look and tone of the film.  In this post I would like to discuss the concept of misunderstood monsters as well as the message given in the film.

When you explain The Nightmare Before Christmas to someone they may feel that it sounds too morbid and or scary for children.   Selick states in the bonus features of The Nightmare Before Christmas. that , “As gruesome as these characters may look, none of them are actually are cruel, with the exception of Boogie.  Most of them are sweet, kind of like misunderstood monsters.”  What needs to be understood is that these creatures are doing their job in Halloweentown and desire to do what they do best, even if it is to hide under your bed.

As a child these monsters were not scary and that is because Tim Burton gave them souls, feelings and passion.  We see deep sadness as Jack Skellington enters the grave yard and sings, “Oh somewhere deep inside of these bones, an emptiness began to grow.”  At this point we also see Sally the rag doll display empathy for Jack and his feeling of needing something more.  As with most of Burton’s main characters, Jack feels misunderstood.  He tried to become something more by becoming something he is not.  Jack discovers in the end that is harder to be someone you are not then to just be yourself.

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